Fall Means Cranberries on Cape Cod

Fall means time for harvesting cranberries on Cape Cod. There are many ways you can enjoy cranberries: in a glass of juice, dried fruit, whole fresh berries for a tangy experience, and of course in cranberry sauce (whole or jellied) for Thanksgiving.

However you enjoy them, you should feel great incorporating these little red cranberries into your diet! One of the best-known benefits of cranberries is their use in promoting urinary tract health because of their bacteria-fighting abilities. They are also good for gut health and have vast antioxidant attributes.

On top of all that, a standard glass of this juice contains well over 100% of the daily value of vitamin C. The Native American Indians in Massachusetts recognized the healthy properties of this fruit, and it is said that early New England sailors ate wild cranberries to prevent scurvy. 

New Englanders still appreciate this powerful fruit, and the region offers many opportunities to celebrate with cranberry festivals and other harvest activities. 

Cape Cod Cranberry Day

Ever been to Cape Cod Cranberry Day? Saturday, October 9th (10:00 AM – 2:00 PM) at Green Briar Nature Center and Jam Kitchen in East Sandwich, you’ll be able to experience jam cooking demonstrations, cranberry desserts, and fresh cranberry sales.

They’ll also provide tours of the neighboring bog at 10:00 AM, 11:30 AM, and 1:00 PM. Come to the Green Brian Nature Center & Jam Kitchen on October 12th from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM and visit their page for more information and updates for this event.

Nantucket Cranberry Festival

The Nantucket Conservation Foundation had to cancel the 2020 Nantucket Cranberry Festival, but they have set a date for the 17th Annual Cranberry Festival on Saturday, October 9th, 2021 at the Milestone Cranberry Bog (220 Milestone Road, Nantucket, MA). Yearly, tens of thousands of pounds of cranberries are harvested as they have been for over 160 years!

At the festival, you can expect to learn about the history of cranberry farming on Nantucket on self or guided bog tours, have a hayride, and even participate in kid’s events. Samples of delectable cranberry treats and other New England classics will be provided, and pounds of organic Nantucket Cranberries will be available for purchase!

Visitors can come to simply enjoy the music and the spectacular autumn scenery on ACK. The festival on this island off of the Cape will take place from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Photo credit: Nantucket Conservation Foundation